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Council prosecuted for refuse truck death

Council prosecuted for refuse truck death
North Tyneside council was bound over for sentencing following the successful prosecution of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a man was fatally injured by a refuse truck.

The council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 during a hearing at North Tyneside magistrates' court.

In May 2006, Brian Kindred, a member of the public, was struck by a refuse truck as it was reversing near his home in Allanville, Camperdown.

According to Stephen Britton, a HSE inspector, the safety management procedures put in place by the council were "not adequate" and training did not cover guiding vehicles.

He said: "Had the council followed the simple and straightforward control measures that have been specifically designed for the waste and recycling industry - such as training their operators to warn the driver about pedestrians walking close to the vehicle - Mr Kindred would not have died."

The HSE has published a ten-point checklist as guidelines for employers to reduce the risks posed by vehicles in the workplace.